When did our tech diet get out of hand? We started to learn more and more about different threats, and then about the latest security tool to fix each of them, and we just had to have them all (insert Pokémon Go joke here).
So we dutifully kept adding on solutions that required extensive time to install, update, deploy and maintain - stretching our IT admins and teams thin, while generating massive logs of security alerts and data. Our systems became bloated with software, but were they actually effective when it came to preventing and mitigating threats?
A research analyst at Gartner, Elizabeth Kim reports that the world-wide cybersecurity market reached $75 billion in 2015, and is estimated to reach $170 billion by 2020, according to their report titled Cyber Security Market by Solution (IAM, Encryption, DLP, Risk and Compliance Management, IDS/IPS, UTM, Firewall, Antivirus/Antimalware, SIEM, Disaster Recovery, DDOS Mitigation, Web Filtering, and Security Services) – Global Forecast to 2020, as reported by Forbes.
That’s a long list of disjointed security controls that may just work to increase your IT infrastructure complexity while broadening your attack surface, making it easier for attackers to leverage outdated software and even security vulnerabilities found in your security software.